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[b]Harbor Seal[/b][br]© Steve NanzHarbor Seal
© Steve Nanz

Get your tickets now for our Winter Seals & Waterbirds Ecocruises with NY Water Taxi! Enjoy a two-hour wintry cruise out on the harbor, hot chocolate included, in search of the varied wildlife that calls our city home during the snowy months. Wintering waterbirds like common and red-throated loons, horned grebes, bufflehead, red-breasted mergansers, and greater scaup are likely, as well as great cormorants and long-tailed ducks. And of course, harbor seals, which in recent years have been seen in groups of several dozen, lazing about on the rocks of Swinburne Island.

As a friend of NYC Audubon, you will receive a special discount of $5 off each adult and child ticket. To receive your discount, purchase tickets online at and enter the code SEALS in the space labeled "Redeem Discount Coupon." (Coupon is valid for online purchases only and cannot be combined with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Please note blackout dates may apply. Each voucher is valid for one to four people. Expires 4/31/16.)


The 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count — Citizen Science in Action

[b]Christmas Bird Count Participants Search for a Female Wilson's Warbler[/b][br]© NYC Audubon Christmas Bird Count Participants Search for a Female Wilson's Warbler
© NYC Audubon

We had great weather (and great birds!) on Sunday, December 20 for the Christmas Bird Count in Central Park. With help from almost 100 participants, we recorded a total of 4,264 birds of 55 different species. Highlights included a female Wilson's warbler in the north end, an orange-crowned warbler near the Met, and of course the great horned owl that's been in the park for several weeks. See more pictures from the 116th count in Central Park on our Facebook page. And stay tuned for results from the entire New Jersey/Lower Hudson count circle.


Top Banner Photo Credits: Harbor Seals © Mike Baird*; Snowy owl © Steve Nanz; Group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: Long-Tailed Duck © Lloyd Spitalnik; West Pond Breach © NYC Audubon

* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, available at

Winter Waterfowl of the Brooklyn Coast

Sat., 2/6, 9am-3pm
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Join Kellye Rosenheim on a multi-stop tour of Brooklyn's most productive coastal winter waterfowl sites. We'll visit Bush Terminal Piers Park, Gravesend, and Calvert Vaux, where we'll look for interesting saltwater species such as common golden-eye, long-tailed duck, loons, and horned grebe in addition to our more common winter visitors. Click here to learn more and register.

West Pond Preferred Alternative Released

Thank you to all who joined New York City Audubon in submitting comments on the environmental assessment (EA) prepared for National Park Service (NPS) regarding alternative plans for the West Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The EA was released this past October and the official comment period closed on November 6. We are happy to report that we agree with the NPS Preferred Alternative: to repair the breach, return the pond back to its freshwater state with water levels that can be controlled, and provide wildlife viewing areas for visitors. Thank you to all who submitted comments in favor of restoration of a freshwater West Pond. Click here to learn more and see an image of the preferred alternative

Click here to access a downloadable PDF of the EA.

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